Begich won't run for US Senate this fall in Alaska

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich will not run as a write-in candidate to challenge the incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski in this fall's Senate race in Alaska.

    Begich, a Democrat, had flirted with the idea. But in a statement Thursday, he says it is not the right time for him to make another run for public office. He noted a desire to spend more time with his son, who just started high school.

    Begich served one term in the Senate but lost his re-election bid in 2014.

    In 2010, Murkowski held onto her seat by mounting a successful write-in campaign after losing the GOP primary to Joe Miller.

    Miller is running as a Libertarian this time around.

    The November general election also features independent Margaret Stock and Democrat Ray Metcalfe, who has butted heads with his party's leadership.

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